Book Conservation Summer School Scholarship, Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship

  • Application deadline: April 7, 2017

Re-creating the medieval palette, an Italian fifteenth century binding and a conservation variation for the Ethiopic binding are just some of the topics the winner of this year’s Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship could be enjoying thanks to Conservation By Design Limited (CXD).

CXD invites conservators and skilled book binders to apply for the renowned scholarship for the 13th consecutive year. The winner will receive £1,500 towards the cost of attending the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School, a unique bookbinding & restauration course held each year in the medieval town of Montefiascone, Italy.

Running from the heart of the medieval town throughout the month August, each week, the summer school features a different specialized course and tutor, which this year includes; Cheryl Porter, Jim Bloxham, Shaun Thompson, Alison Ohta, Scott W. Devine, Marco Di Bella and Dr. Nikolas Sarris.

The scholarship is offered in memory of Dr. Nicholas Hadgraft, a good friend of Conservation By Design who died tragically in 2004. Nicholas was a fellow of the University of the Arts London and a key collaborator on the “Squelch Drying” technique devised by Stuart Welch (the founder of CXD), the most effective way to date of drying valuable rare books.

Application forms are now available from the CXD website:

Completed applications must be received by April 7, 2017, and the successful applicant will be notified by the end of April.

For further information on the Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship, contact Conservation By Design on +44 01234 844 260 or visit